I can't believe I didn't write a review. Courtney did it again except even better, sequels hardly ever live up to the first book but boy did this one...moreI can't believe I didn't write a review. Courtney did it again except even better, sequels hardly ever live up to the first book but boy did this one exceeded my expectations. Eliie and Will are still in their torrent love affair after learning that Ellie is a infamous archangel and Will is just the guardian. Here's the bad:
The Bad Ellie just irritated me with all her angst and shutting people out. Especially when (view spoiler)[her mom dies (hide spoiler)], it's understandable she'd be feeling that way but shutting out the people she loves and putting them in danger annoyed me.
I have no idea why Ellie still insists on living a normal life, it annoyed me because Ellie is the Preliator and people are after her, so she continuously puts her normal friends in danger.
The EXCELLENT There was NEVER a dull moment, I was on the end of my seat reading this book.
The first page, Ellie is in the middle of a deadly fight and gets torn up as per usual.
Will, Caden and Ellie love triangle, it was GOOD!
The betrayal, I mean granted I knew from the beginning that there was something up with her dad but did I suspect that he was the way he was? HELL NO!
I can't WAIT until the 3rd book especially with the cliffhanger! UGH this book is just AMAZING!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
4.5 stars this certainly lived up to the hype...when I heard about this book, I was mildly intrigued. Assassin nuns? Who've ever heard of that but due...more4.5 stars this certainly lived up to the hype...when I heard about this book, I was mildly intrigued. Assassin nuns? Who've ever heard of that but due to being sucked into the hype of a lot of books and being disappointed, I decided to read this book with caution. Boy, was I impressed.
This book started out three years ago when Isame was fourteen years ago. She always had an inkling that she was sire from the god Death himself, when her mother tried to kill her before birth, Isame managed to survive the horrible poison and was born. She spends fourteen years of her life being ridiculed for the marks on her back, indicating that she was different and she receives the majority of her dad's hate and fear for her. In order to get rid of his daughter, her father cons an awful man to marry his daughter and hire a priest to do the honors. When Isame's new husband learns of Isame's "condition", Isame makes a run for it, she is taken to the convent of St. Mortain. A convent that does the wills of St. Mortain, the patron of Death, and for three years she is taught the ways of assassination. On her third assignment outside the convent, Ismae is taken to the high court of Brittany, which currently fighting the threat of the French, to work along side Gavriel Duval and parade around as his "cousin" also known as his mistress.
This is when the book starts getting good. Even though the book talks of assassination and barely assassinates, I believe this book shows that there doesn't have to be nonstop action because the drama within the court is action-fueled enough. There are so many twist and turns in the high court of Brittany and many times I was holding onto my seat, hoping Anne, the soon to be crowned duchess finds a husband who isn't as skeezy as D'Albert, the douche who was offered Anne's hand in marriage when she was a young girl. This book is drama packed and the 500 pages flew by. I didn't even mind the romance between Duval and Isame, why? Because it was believable, it wasn't love at first sight, Isame didn't find him to be the hottest thing ever and at the beginning of the book, she wouldn't hesitate to kill him if it was her handmaiden's wish.
My only reason for not giving the book a 5 was how rushed the ending was. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either. I laughed at the ridiculousness her god's gift to her and I was still kind of baffled what happened to Anne? I know there are other books that will explain all but I'm still excited to find out what happens to Annith, if she'll ever receive her assignment or will she be punished with staying in the St. Mortain's convent or what's going on with Sybella?
I highly recommend this book, if you like historical romances, filled with juicy politics and kick ass heroines, this is the book for you.(less)
I hate paranormal stories about high schoolers, especially sixteen/seventeen year old high schoolers but I continued to...moreAt first I was turned off.
I hate paranormal stories about high schoolers, especially sixteen/seventeen year old high schoolers but I continued to read with caution. This book is EXCELLENT. It had to grow on me of course, Anna, sweet sophomore high schooler, always have been different. She can see people's auras as plain as day and usually can tell if a person is happy, in love or so on and so forth. Needless to say, when she meets drummer bad boy, Kaiden, she is taken for a spin, see, they are both special, born between an angel and an demon. Everything happens in a fascinating way, I was intrigued by the world Higgins have created with the Dukes of the Seven Sins and their children. I absolutely adored it.
At first, I was annoyed by her, she didn't drink, smoke, do anything interesting. She was just all goody and pure but man, Kai (Kaiden) was a treat. He alluded sex appeal and I guess, that would be fitting since his dad is the Duke of Lust, so, it's pretty much in Kai's blood. I was absolutely intrigued by the Dukes' children work so to speak and I loved the scenes where they had to work except for Kai's since his seemed a little bit sad.
I'm happy by the NON INSTALOVE in the books, thank God, I had to check my kindle when someone declared the "L" word and was really glad it past the 10 page mark. The book ended perfectly and I cannot wait to pick up the next book. This book has put a lot of books to shame and I'm really excited to see what Higgins' sequel to Sweet Evil will entail. (less)
I lOVED this book, finally a book that's not about the world after destruction or some teenage love which I'm sick of. Finally a book about something...moreI lOVED this book, finally a book that's not about the world after destruction or some teenage love which I'm sick of. Finally a book about something other than that. I absolutely LOVED this book, as I mentioned, Mckenzie is freaking not bad ass but she's special, she reads shadows for the Fae's and she's kidnapped by the false bloods and IT IS YUMMY! Aren made me swoon the minute he walked into the book, he's suavvy, he's gorgeous, he takes care of Mckenzie. Mckenzie drove me nuts at the beginning of the book by lusting over Kyol, I mean who waits TEN YEARS for someone who clearly would never be with her. He even told her "I will NEVER leave my king" blah blah and what did she do? She just kept waiting around and fine ass Aren is being bad ass, taking care of her.
Anyway, I just loved everything about this book other Mckenzie pouting and being sure that the "false bloods" were evil and trying to kill her. Which, I mean, they kind of were at first, she was continuously trying to escape. Even though Mckenzie annoyed me, it makes complete since that she was trying to run away, she was told for ten years that the rebel captors were evil, they killed people for no reason, they were monsters. So how else was she supposed to react when she's captured by sexy Aren? Duh, that they're evil! I loved it!
I'm tired of fangirling right now! MUST READ, BUY NOW!!(less)
This book was soooo STRANGE. At first I was like this book is weird, I don't like then I was like this book is STRANGE but I LOVE IT!! Kami was a bad...moreThis book was soooo STRANGE. At first I was like this book is weird, I don't like then I was like this book is STRANGE but I LOVE IT!! Kami was a bad ass character, she didn't apologize for being weird or the fact she has a friend she made up in her head..or so she thought. I couldn't wait until Jared showed up and he turned out to be quite different than she imagined him.
The whole twists and turns, I was on the edge of my seat! Seriously! Just read! If I review, I will spoil! Fantastic! Fuck it, I'm giving it 5 STARS!! I will reread tonight!(less)
The reason why is because it's such a light read. Honestly, it was more frivolous and fun than OMG amazing. The book is great don...moreIt's more like a 3.5.
The reason why is because it's such a light read. Honestly, it was more frivolous and fun than OMG amazing. The book is great don't get me wrong but only for a couple of reasons. I've never read a book where I liked the boy more than the heroine. Ever! Well except for Twilight but that's a given, either like the brainless human girl or like the weird creepy vampire. I had no choice but here....OMG, I LOVED TUCKER. I mean I loved him! I would skim through the parts that Tucker isn't in and then like just fangirl over parts he was in. Tucker is the definition of bad assness, I don't even know another word. He isn't the bad boy, who just says dickish things every second, with tattoos to his earlobes and squints and smirks every second. No, Tucker, is smart, he's caring, he's bad ass, he does all these things for Ellie. I mean, I wanted to hit her, she was like 'he must be bored, that's why he's flirting with me'. Um no homegirl, he risked his LIFE for her and did everything he could for her. I mean, UGH, come on.
Ellie was all right but she sat around and talked about things far too long. Plus, she was kind of dense. I have no idea why she kept challenging that other Valkyrie because of (view spoiler)[the sword her grandma gave her said (hide spoiler)]. Even I knew she could NOT beat a Valkyrie that was over a thousand years old. I'm GLAD she didn't because I hate books where the girl is the chosen one and somehow without any training she beats someone who has. Like ugh, farfetch. But the storyline, I really liked it, I'm glad there was a rhyme and reason for everything but I felt like the ending was rushed. Like the whole book talked about fighting and this war but nothing happened until the last couple of pages. So, I know there has to be another book coming out but I really enjoyed this book and reread it twice already.
Mostly for Tucker. Ellie is alright but she's nothing too special. Can't wait for the second book, hopefully Ellie gets her insecurities in check and Tucker's past is explained more. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Okay, when I heard there was going to be a book about Adrian, I squealed, seriously, squealed but I was reluctant too, she was going to introduce Sydn...moreOkay, when I heard there was going to be a book about Adrian, I squealed, seriously, squealed but I was reluctant too, she was going to introduce Sydney Sage into the mix. Let me be real over here, I forgot about Sydney, maybe because I plain did not read Rose's last book. By the end of the series, Rose went from pretty bad ass to selfish uncaring and a character I turned from liking to hating. Honestly, by the sixth book, I shipped death with her instead of Dimitri. Anywho, so, I was kind of like eh, is this going to work out? Isn't Adrian still mopping over Rose? Obviously I decided to skip three books and review this one. AND IT'S MY FAVORITE!
Sydney is awesome, I like her because she's strong, she's caring, and resourceful. She also cracks me up because of her lack of social cues. I thought I'd hate her because she's an Alchemist, people who plain hate vampires but will hook up an Morai (spelled right) just for the "greater good" but I love her. By the third book, I was like fanning myself like her and Adrian are so hot! And what makes me LOVE their romance even more is they went from friends to more than that. It wasn't insta-love like Rose and Dimitri, it was love that had to be built because Sydney has been taught all her life that vampires are abdomination. By the second book, she begins to doubt herself, she already had ridiculously hot hot makeoutness with the hottest bad ass vampire of all, Adrian.
"And finally, I know that you know you're no conquest, so don't act like you seriously think that. You and I have been through too much together. We're too close, too connected. I wasn't that crazy on spirit when I said you're my flame in the dark. We chase away the shadows around each other."
SWOON. I love Adrian, as I mentioned before, he's just as crazy and wild as ever but unlike Rose who I felt like he obsessed over, Sydney he had a mutual respect for her. Anything Sydney needed, he'd help her, he believed in her and he was the only one who knew that if Sydney was involved, things were going to get done right. Sydney acted the way I suspected her to act, she heard all her life that vampires and humans together are not natural, so if she was to run away with him after two books, I would have been disappointed.
"How dare he? How dare he love me whether I wanted him to or not? I had told him not to! He had no right to." It just makes sense.
Oh, you want to know what the book is about? To tell you the truth, the romance made the book, the plot was just underlying for other stuff but it built Sydney up, it made her stronger. It made her realize that she must start believing in herself and stop doubting herself.
Overall, amazing, amazing book, I can't wait for the fourth one! :squeal:(less)
Tweethearts actually was very good. I was not expecting this book at all. First of all Jemima is divine, she's a sweet-hearted woman who used...more3.5 stars
Tweethearts actually was very good. I was not expecting this book at all. First of all Jemima is divine, she's a sweet-hearted woman who used to work for a trashy pregnancy magazine. I say trashy because Georgia, the editor was absolutely vile. Jemima always have been a social media expert in her own way, managing the wonderful @MagHag twitter account anonymously and a bit of a journalist for the trashy pregnant magazine. When her vile editor Georgia twists her words around about a celebrity, who came to the magazine to break the news about her pregnancy, Evie, Jemima uses her @MagHag twitter account to set the record straight, plus reveal who she truly is. I absolutely loved that part because at the beginning Jemima seemed like a pushover.
After the wonderful reveal, Jemima gets offered a position as you guessed it a social media expert on Dance Like No One's Watching, oh and did I mention, her delicious roommate Samson becomes a contestant on the show and Evie, the wonderful celebrity is the host? I was actually surprised with how it ended and how the plot buildup began, there wasn't anything trashy that happens, Samson and Jemima remain true to each other although they could not talk or be together for three months of the show. Obviously, if they could not talk then obviously there would be some hangups and moments of distrust in the book. I did see the couplings miles away but I was pleasantly surprised with how they all got together. I loved the yummy OB/GY, Connor, Evie's personal doctor and Owen, Jemima's boss and partner in crime as they both maintained the social media aspects of the show. I despised Lottie, hated Grant but this book was all in good fun. I loved it, the characters were wonderful but I do wish that I saw more about Evie like elaborated on her background more and I wished there were more scenes with her. Same with Samson, I loved him but he definitely seemed two dimensional because of the lack of scenes with him but I still loved him all the same.
Wonderful book and great read for a Saturday morning.
This book was provided to me as an ARC from Netgalley and publishing company Penguin Books Australia. No money or anything was exchanged for the good review. :)(less)